The adaptation of one of the most successful stage musicals, Les Misérables, hits theatres in Singapore on Tuesday, Christmas Day.
An enchanting story of the human spirit based on Victor Hugo’s classic tale, Les Misérables boasts a stellar cast. You have Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne.
Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean who was imprisoned for 19 years because he stole a piece of bread. Valjean’s life entangles with factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) when he agrees to care for her young daughter, Cosette, changing their destiny forever.
The movie has also been designed to be visually astounding. Looking at previews, every detail looks realistic yet magical, from the shape of the brick walls to the slightly crooked buildings. It has a sort of surreal quality that brings the emotion and narrative to life with brick walls.
The King’s Speech’s Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper brings to life the equally incredible costumes in his spectacular interpretation of the tragic tale. They are historically accurate down right to the colour schemes and hats for the nearly 4,000 cast members. The use of red, blue and white—colours of the French national flag—is by no means an accident.
Fantine ( Hathaway) for instance starts out in soft pinks and lavender when she works in the factory . Her wardrobe turns to deep crimson when she becomes a prostitute, mirroring the red prisoner costume of Valjean.
Even the hair and make-up detailing of the casts are impressive. Jean Valjean (Jackman) first appears as a convict in a filthy state. Incredible detailing went into the scars on his head, extensions on beard, his “sore-eyes” and even the grimy look of his teeth. The amount of detail Hooper goes into for each aspect of the movie makes it very promising that he will do justice to a classic and well-loved piece of art.